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Doo Wop Box
Various Artists
Doo Wop Box
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock
  •  Track Listings (25) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (26) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (25) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (25) - Disc #4

The unwritten rules for doo-wop groups were deceptively simple: name your group after a bird (the Wrens, the Flamingos) or a car (the Cadillacs, the El Dorados), practice your two-, three-, or four-part harmonies on a neig...  more »


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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Doo Wop Box
Members Wishing: 11
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 5/17/1994
Release Date: 5/17/1994
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Oldies, Vocal Pop, By Decade, 1950s, Funk, Soul, Oldies & Retro
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaCD Credits: 4
UPCs: 081227146320, 081227146344

The unwritten rules for doo-wop groups were deceptively simple: name your group after a bird (the Wrens, the Flamingos) or a car (the Cadillacs, the El Dorados), practice your two-, three-, or four-part harmonies on a neighborhood street corner or in the back of a candy store, and sing songs about how much you love your baby. It might have seemed like an obvious formula, but getting it just right was never easy. When it worked, that formula created some of the most joyful and unforgettable music of the 20th century. From the Orioles ("It's Too Soon to Know") to Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers ("I Want You to Be My Girl"), this four-CD collection is without a doubt the definitive introduction to the rock & roll vocal music of the 1950s and early '60s. --Percy Keegan

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Thomas D. (RockerBoomer) from SOUTHAMPTON, NY
Reviewed on 7/15/2010...
Top Notch Doo Wop Collection! All origional artists in the origional recordings.
(NOT newly recorded tracks like some other sets). A must have for Doo Wop music fans.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

CD Reviews

Better than having access to Mr. Peabody's wayback machine!
Eric V. Moye | New York, by way of Dallas | 05/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Once again, the highest praise for Rhino Records. This box set, while pricey, is worth every dime. There is no place to find this much classic music in any one (or two or ten) disc package.These discs have a great range, from the finger popping rhythms of The Turban's "When You Dance" (which according to the extensive liner notes was the first recording of the background sound which gave the genre the name "doo wop"), and the Cadillac's "Speedo" to the Marcell's classic "Blue Moon". Of course, the many tributes to love are well represented too, with The Five Keys "Glory of Love", The Five Satin's "In The Still of the Night", and my personal favorite of this style, The Flamingoes timeless "Lover's Never Say Goodbye". Aside from these all well known gems, it is also a repository of some lesser publicized classics wonderfully interspersed with those songs now the staples of many oldies stations. It is also the only place I am aware of with the greatest named doo-wop group of all time: Vito and the Salutations, and their inimitable (and seldom heard) rendition of "Unchained Melody". It is so different from the Righteous Brothers and a wonderful piece of music.I grew up in New York listening to this music first on the corner and then on the radio. It brings back wonderful memories of warm summer nights, and the talented (and not so-talented) guys harmonizing on the streets."
Doo Wop Fever
pat tinnelle | Chicago, Illinois | 03/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have purchased both boxes of this Doo Wop set and I am truly amazed at what I've bought. I am 50 years old, so I vaguely remember some of the songs and others I had never heard. This is some of the best music in the world. I grew up in the 60s with Motown, etc. and love that music to death. This is different and lets me know that I was a generation behind the truly great music. The way the vocalists use their voices to mimic instruments is truly amazing. I am not musically inclined - I just love good music and I rate these two box sets at the top of my list.What actually surprised me most of all was how high the quality was on these recordings. They are original recordings and I think they sound fuller than some of the recordings that are out today. If your age is fifty or older, I know you will enjoy these cd's. I can't stop listening to them. My old motto used to be "I'm stuck in the 60s" but for now I have to change it to "I'm back in the 50s".Enjoy!"